In 2005 friends and SOU faculty members Rhett Bender, Jody Schmidt, and Alexander Tutunov began performing together as the Trillium Ensemble. The group first performed at the University of Iowa for the Saxophone Alliance and then in Ljubljana, Slovenia for the 14th World Saxophone Congress. Last May Trillium performed at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China.
Trillium performances original works for clarinet, horn and piano as well as commissioning composers and arranging pieces for saxophone, horn and piano. Avid mushroom hunters, Trillium Ensemble takes its name from the three-petal flower abundant in the Cascades during morel season.